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Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative

The Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative (NPII) is a global programme designed to help Nobel Laureates share their inspirational stories and insights. By taking Nobel Laureates on visits to universities and research centres around the world, and by capturing their thoughts on video, the initiative seeks to bring the laureates into closer contact with the worldwide scientific community, and especially with an audience of young scientists.

There have been 31 NPIIs on four continents delivered in partnership with AstraZeneca, a relationship which began in 2010, and two NPIIs delivered in partnership with 3M.

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Hard work has been part of every laureate’s journey towards the Nobel Prize. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi spent time in the lab on the morning of her…

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Elizabeth Blackburn speaks at a Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative event

Journal impact factors now play a major role in determining the path of scientific careers, with researchers working hard to get into the highest-ranked journals.…

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Every laureate faces failures and set-backs on their path to the Nobel Prize. It is a topic they are frequently asked about at events, and, given…

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Shinya Yamanaka addresses the University of Oslo

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Chemistry Laureate Fraser Stoddart shares his contributions to society

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Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie shares the misconceptions he once held about scientists


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A panel of laureates discuss how best to approach grand challenges

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